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EUR-USD4-021618.jpg The dollar is gaining ground against all of its major rivals Friday afternoon. Encouraging housing starts, building permits and import prices reports underscored expectations that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in March. Import prices in the U.S. jumped by more than expected in the month...

Shopping-Consumer-021618.jpg Despite recent volatility on Wall Street, the University of Michigan released a report on Friday unexpectedly showing a significant improvement in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of February. The preliminary reading on the consumer sentiment index for February came in at 99.9.

housingStarts-BuildingPermits-021618.jpg After reporting a steep drop in new residential construction in the previous month, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing housing starts in the U.S. rebounded by much more than anticipated in the month of January. The Commerce Department said housing starts soared by 9.7 percent.

BankofAmerica-Filed-Crypto-Patents021618.jpg Bank of America has emerged as the company that has the most cryptocurrency patents in the world. The second-largest bank in the U.S. has so far applied for or received 45 patents for blockchain, the ledger technology used for verifying and recording virtual currency transactions, according to Bitcoin Patent Report. The Bank of America started filing patents for innovations in blockchain in 2013.

Import-Export-Prices-021618.jpg Import prices in the U.S. jumped by more than expected in the month of January, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Friday, while export price growth also exceeded estimates. The Labor Department said import prices surged up by 1.0 percent in January.

blockshow-europe-021618.jpg Berlin will host BlockShow Europe 2018 on May 28 and 29. One of the biggest international conferences of blockchain technology, it will discuss Governmental Initiatives, insights from Central Banks, latest updates on worldwide Blockchain regulations and innovations in both European and Global Blockchain scenes. The conference is described as "Window to the Global Blockchain World."

UK-Retailsales-021618.jpg UK retail sales grew less than expected in January as high inflation squeezed consumer spending, figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed Friday. Retail sales rose 0.1 percent month-on-month in January, reversing a 1.4 percent drop in December. Nonetheless, this was slower than the expected 0.5 percent rise.

EEP16-011515_16Feb18.jpg Retail sales data from the UK is due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

Eur-usd4-021518.jpg The dollar is losing ground against its major rivals Thursday afternoon. A large number of U.S. economic reports hit the wires this morning, the results of which proved mixed. First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose in line with economist estimates in the week ended February 10th, according...

nahbindex-021518.jpg Homebuilder confidence in the U.S. remained at a healthy level in the month of February, according to a report released by the National Association of Home Builders on Thursday. The report said the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index came in at 72 in February, unchanged from January.

Philadelphiafedmanufacturing-021518.jpg A report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday unexpectedly showed a faster rate of growth in regional manufacturing activity in the month of February. The Philly Fed said its index for current manufacturing activity climbed to 25.8 in February.

Empirestatemanufacturing-021518.jpg Manufacturing activity in New York grew at a somewhat slower rate in the month of February, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Thursday. The New York Fed said its general business conditions index fell to 13.1 in February.

IndustrialProduction-US-021518.jpg Partly reflecting a decrease in mining output, the Federal Reserve released a report on Thursday unexpectedly showing a slight drop in U.S. industrial production in the month of January. The Fed said industrial production dipped by 0.1 percent after climbing by a downwardly revised 0.4 percent in December.

Producerprices-US-021518.jpg Following the release of a report on consumer price inflation on Wednesday, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing producer prices in the U.S. rose in line with economist estimates in the month of January. The Labor Department said its producer price index for final demand climbed by 0.4 percent.

Joblessclaims-US-021518.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits rose in line with economist estimates in the week ended February 10th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims climbed to 230,000.

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